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iHub By Editor / June 4, 2013

GIST Tech-I Competition


GIST invites all eligible participants from GIST eligible countries in the three regions of   AfricaAsia, and Middle East & Turkey to participate in its annual GIST Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. Tech-I is designed to encourage and support technology and science entrepreneurs to launch and/or grow a company in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Turkey through:


  • Training and mentorship with successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists
  • Networking opportunities
  • Seed funding

The Tech-I application, consisting of an Executive Summary directed to investors and a two-minute promotional video of the product or service created for customers, will be reviewed by judges, who are experts within the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Ninety quarter-finalists will be selected. The videos of the selected 90 quarter-finalists will be posted online for public voting.

Thirty semi-finalists will be invited to the workshop, pitch session, and award ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October 2013. The semi-finalists will be judged by experts to determine the winners. Competition winners will receive grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000; the application with the greatest number of public votes for the video voting portion of Tech-I will receive an iPad.

The GIST Tech-I Competition is opened until June 17. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to get training, mentorship and a chance to network with very high caliber entrepreneurs like Jeff Hoffman, founder of and Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, as well as investors. In addition, finalists will be getting seed funding to launch or propel their venture.

Important Dates and More Details

Testimonials from past winners: Hind Hobeika: Natali Ardianto:  Rumaisa Mohani:

Webinars: schedule of webinars (All at 11:00AM GMT):

June 4: GIST Tech-I Idea Stage: Register

June 5: GIST Tech-I Startup Stage: Register

Competition FAQS:  FAQ

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